Penguins general manager Ray Shero said this afternoon he still hasn't neard from the league about some of the details he'll need to know to do hs job -- like when training camps can open, and how many games will be played during the regular season -- but a few things are coming into focus since the NHL got a tentative agreement on a new labor deal early this morning.
Like how many players will compete for spots on the Penguins' 23-man roster.
Shero said there will lbe "24 to 26 guys, most likely" battling for jobs when the preseason opens.
That can't happen, by the way, until the CBA is approved by both sides, which isn't expected to happen for a couple of days.
The Penguins will have eight defensemen who are waiver-eligible and a ninth, Simon Despres, who is a good possibility to start the season in the NHL.
Shero would not rule out carrying eight even though he acknowledged "that is not the ideal thing," and declined to say how he planned to deal with whatever surplus is left once the regular-season roster is set.
"We'll just have to wait and see what the week (of training camp) brings us," he said.
Shero said that he does not expect the preseason to include any exhibition games.
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